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Clifford Essex Professional Dating (they were made 1922 or later).
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Oct 13.

New CE Armrests?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Sep 28.

ABF Rally "Orchestra" Pieces
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Sep 8.

 

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Joel Hooks replied to Trapdoor2's discussion "Drowsy Dempsey", Ossman plays Lansing...
"I forget where I read it but I seem to remember a period reference to how after "Darkies Dream" came out everyone started using the andante intro. This was one that I had gone over the 2nd part enough to where I could have played with you…"
Tuesday
Joel Hooks replied to Richard William Ineson's discussion Roseland Romance by Norton Greenop
"Wait, am I missing something? I would play this legato up until M25, where I would begin to finger waggle tremolo the stems up while playing stems down with my thumb for all notes under tr~~~~~~~~~."
Nov 21
Joel Hooks replied to Richard William Ineson's discussion Roseland Romance by Norton Greenop
"The tremolo strain is pretty easy as far as these things go.  And not too long as to cause hand injuries.  Yep, totally ripped from Sgruggs' as we know nobody played arpeggios on banjo before he played Reuben by accident while turning…"
Nov 19
Joel Hooks replied to Brett Lowe's discussion BMG Festival 1949
"Did anyone check the BMG magazine for any info on this? I have not watched the new footage yet (will check it out at lunch time) but I would like to add one point about the guitar's popularity... Segovia. While pick playing guitar had been…"
Nov 18
Joel Hooks replied to Richard William Ineson's discussion Roseland Romance by Norton Greenop
"I'll print this out and mail a copy to Drew Frech. I played through it last night several times and like it a lot.  The melody was familiar though and was driving me crazy.  Then I remembered what I was thinking of, a piece by Thomas…"
Nov 18
Joel Hooks replied to Richard William Ineson's discussion Roseland Romance by Norton Greenop
"Thank you Richard!!!!!!!!!"
Nov 17
Joel Hooks replied to German David Patarroyo's discussion 3 miniatures
"Here is what I have... Miniature%20No%201.pdf Miniature%20No.2.pdf Miniature%20No.3.pdf"
Nov 10
Joel Hooks replied to German David Patarroyo's discussion 3 miniatures
"I have them.  I'll see if I can post them this evening."
Nov 9

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New Additions to my family.

I answered an add on craigslist listing "four old banjos- $150 each."



I called very early to leave a message and get my name in the mix. Well it's true that the early bird catches the worm, and he called me a couple of minutes later.



I met with him and this is what I got...



Stewart and Bauer "Monogram" Grade 2. At first sight it looked in remarkably good condition. A couple of days later when I had a chance to mess with it I noticed one issue.



I… Continue

Posted on December 25, 2009 at 1:45 — 2 Comments

My first real banjo lesson.

I finally had a formal music lesson, the first in my life (that I can recall). The best part is that it was with none other than Clarke Buehling.



We had exchanged info at the opening of the America Banjo Museum. He was in Ft Worth for Thanksgiving. So we got together, had lunch, then went to our "old west" town.



He is a true gentlemen.



Scales and accompaniment, along with discussion of historically informed performance was the agenda. He listened to where I was… Continue

Posted on December 6, 2009 at 20:45 — 1 Comment

Thoughts on Tremolo.

In this journey (obsession) of historic banjo playing, I have turned to reading all of the period literature on the subject that I could find. An observation I made is that it seems most banjoists had a version of "Home, Sweet Home with Tremolo." I had read the instructions for how to play it, listened to Ossman and Eps, but really did not give it much mind.



Then, from Trapdoor's recommendation, I bought Douglas Back's The Banjo Goes Highbrow (if you don't have this get it… Continue

Posted on April 12, 2009 at 17:36 — 16 Comments

Comment Wall (16 comments)

At 5:01 on January 2, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Glad you joined, Joel. Great profile picture.
At 20:22 on February 14, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Many thanks for the info. I shall have a serious look at them, and give it some thought. The Patents were most helpful. We are never too old to learn a new trick or two. I wonder if there is a special design for a zither banjo.
At 22:05 on July 2, 2009, Ray Jones said…
At 22:29 on July 3, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Did you manage to print out the notation for Gay Gossoon that I sent yesterday? Ray
At 2:29 on July 4, 2009, Ray Jones said…
If you want the other banjo parts later, I have them. Ray
At 6:54 on August 20, 2009, Ray Jones said…
What is interesting is that the Appalachian Area was originally settled by migrants from, England, Ireland and Scotland! Did they bring the banjo over with them? So much for the Hillbillies.
At 7:36am on January 03, 2010, Clarke Buehling gave Joel Hooks a gift
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And a toast for a happy new year to you, sir. Clarke
At 12:42 on April 13, 2010, Peter LaBau said…
HI- thanks for the interest in the CD- I'm heading out of town for a family crisis, but will be back next week and will check back with you then about getting you the disc. Thanks again!- Peter
At 15:51 on April 21, 2010, Peter LaBau said…
Hey Marc- back again. Can't remember if I gave you an address to send the check for $15, that includes shipping.

Peter LaBau
2079 Hawkshill Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22911

Thanks so much- hope all's well. - Peter
At 15:53 on April 21, 2010, Peter LaBau said…
Hey- Peter here again. So sorry, I'm mixing names up here- sorry for the gaff... Peter

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